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New public art piece in Rockford meant to show diversity

Sep. 20, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A new plexiglass sculpture in downtown Rockford is aimed at illustrating the northern Illinois community's diversity. The downtown sculpture titled “Faces of RKFD,” was created by August-Lain Weickert, a senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, according to...

Chicago White Sox's Eloy Jimenez reacts on second after hitting an RBI double off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Sergio Romo during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Chicago. Yolmer Sanchez scored on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Second City? White Sox, Cubs close in on division titles

Sep. 20, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Powered by the steady presence of José Abreu, the White Sox revival is roaring on the South Side. On the North Side, Yu Darvish is pitching like an ace again, and the Cubs are eyeing another October run. Chicago's major league teams are linked by more than just geography these days....

1 person dead in southwestern Illinois helicopter crash

Sep. 20, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

REDBUD, Ill. (AP) — One person has died after a helicopter crash in southwestern Illinois, according to authorities. The helicopter crashed into a storage unit around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Red Bud, according Illinois State Police. Some units were damaged. The pilot was the only person on board. Illinois...

Farm workers, drivers reminded of harvest safety measures

Sep. 20, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois drivers and workers in the agriculture industry can take safety precautions during the busy fall harvest season, state officials said this week. Tractor roll-over accidents on farms or roadways are a leading cause of deaths in the industry. The Illinois Department of...

Chicago museum to receive emergency grant during pandemic

Sep. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago has been named among 12 art museums nationwide to receive money through an emergency grant program aimed at helping institutions struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, based in New York, said the...

Minnesota Twins' Jake Cave (60) runs to score on a single hit by Eddie Rosario against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Twins clinch 2nd straight playoff spot, beat Mills, Cubs 8-1

Sep. 20, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sanó and Josh Donaldson homered as the Minnesota Twins clinched a second straight postseason berth with an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. The Twins are guaranteed at least a wild-card berth. They trail the Chicago White Sox by three games in...

Chicago White Sox's Yasmani Grandal reacts after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Tim Anderson homers twice, White Sox overpower Reds 5-0

Sep. 19, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tim Anderson hit two of Chicago's five solo homers, and the White Sox — already guaranteed a playoff spot — took another step toward the AL Central title by overpowering the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday night. Chicago has won eight of its last 10 games, securing at least...

'Let us play!': Illinois prep players rally for fall sports

Sep. 19, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Parents and players protested Saturday outside a state building in Chicago, pleading with Gov. J.B. Pritzker to lift his fall ban on some popular high school sports. Players in jerseys and varsity jackets chanted, “Let us play!” outside the Thompson Center. “It’s...

Nurses end strike at University of Illinois Hospital

Sep. 19, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A strike by hundreds of nurses ended Saturday at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. “We have made progress on a number of important fronts, from wages and staffing to essential safety issues like improved" personal protection equipment, said Doris Carroll, president of the...

The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees

Sep. 19, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday, just six weeks before Election Day, is expected to unleash a pitched battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate — and the Republican-led Senate should confirm — her successor, or whether the seat should remain...